Staff & Volunteers


Graeme Unrau

Administrative Assistant, Mennonite Heritage Archives
General Information, Book Sales, Donations

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Graeme is the Administrative Assistant for the Mennonite Heritage Archives, and is excited to apply his love of organization, history, and story-telling.

Graeme has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba where he studied politics and German. He completed a TESOL Certificate as well. His studies provided the opportunity to live in Korea and Germany, and he loves to swap travel stories.

Currently, Graeme is working on his Master Gardener Certification, reading, and exploring this strange and wonderful world when he gets the chance.

Conrad Stoesz

Conrad Stoesz

Archivist, Mennonite Heritage Archives
Genealogy, Research Assistance

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Conrad has been the archivist at the Mennonite Heritage Archives since 1999, and is passionate about Mennonite history, archives, and related stories. He has experience working at the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, and is on the board of the Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society and the Mennonite Historical Society of Canada.

Conrad also enjoys camping, cycling, gardening, and coaching his kids’ hockey teams. He is the co-editor of the magazine, Mennonite Historian, produced together with the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.

Conrad’s research has included archives, Mennonites in Manitoba, commemoration, conscientious objectors to war, and midwives.

Follow the MHA updates on Facebook, visit a thematic site about conscientious objectors, and find access to the Mennonite Heritage Archives finding aids on our website.

Full Time Volunteers

Glenn Penner

Genealogist, Mennonite Heritage Archives

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Glenn Penner became interested in Mennonite history as a teenager. After retiring from the University of Guelph as a chemistry professor, he has dedicated his time to Mennonite history research at the MHA. Glenn’s specialties include Mennonites in Prussia and DNA analysis for genealogical purposes. He has written a number of guides for genealogists and writes a genealogy column for the Mennonite Historian.
To consult with Glenn please make an appointment.

Part Time Volunteers

Volunteers at appreciation event, November 27, 2019
“They are a bridge between the past – present – future. Our volunteers organize, describe, find, digitize, research, and write, serving the Mennonite community. On Nov 26th we at the Mennonite Heritage Archives said thank you for all they do and so should you! This past year they contributed over 2,200 hours!” Conrad Stoesz, Archivist (November 27, 2019)
  • Barry Heinrichs
  • Dan Dyck
  • Erika Marand
  • Johanna Wiebe
  • Erica Ens
  • Helen Ens
  • Sean Goerzen
  • Henry Fast
  • Hans Werner
  • John Friesen
  • Dorothy Friesen
  • Eleanor Chornoboy
  • Carole Grier
  • Bernie Toews
  • Alf Redekopp
  • Robb Nickel
  • Sally Nickel
  • Darryl Neustaedter Barg

Thank you to all our volunteers! Running the Mennonite Heritage Archives would not be possible without you.

MHA Staff; Graeme Unrau and Conrad Stoesz

How to volunteer at the MHA?